Lawsuit Challenges Nevada Tax Cut Petition

A group led by state AFL-CIO leader Danny Thompson has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of former antitax Assemblywoman Sharron Angle's latest petition to limit property taxes in Nevada.

Thompson, representing the union-backed Nevadans for Nevada political action committee, said Angle's Proposition 13-style petition violates a "uniform and equal" tax provision in the Nevada Constitution because it would result in neighbors with similar homes getting widely differing property tax bills.

"Once you sell your home, whoever buys it is charged property taxes at full-market value," Thompson said Tuesday.

"You could live next door to someone paying four times the taxes as you for the same kind of house."

Owners of businesses, particularly casinos, would be placed at a disadvantage if they must pay much higher property taxes than their competitors, he said.

Angle failed in 2004 and 2006 to get the property tax plan on the ballot.

The conservative Reno Republican blamed the losses on a lack of money and the fact she spent time last year on an unsuccessful run for Congress.

Her group seeks to amend the constitution and limit property tax increases on all types of property to 2 percent per year, or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower.